Anything to get the boys to eat them. A neighbor came over today to chat and we ended up talking about what we were going to fix for dinner (I know, how exciting can it get?). I told her that I had an overwhelming craving for Brussels Sprouts and she said she was fixing those tonight, too. She added that she preferred to call them "fairy cabbages." I might have screamed with delight when she said it. It's probably the cutest thing I've ever heard. Forever more they will be Fairy Cabbages at our house.
My boys had never had them before so I figured that if "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down," then a half a cup of brown sugar would help the Brussels Sprouts go down. They were amazingly good. Like vegetable candy. Two of my sons said they were disgusting, but still ate a few and one child ate a whole plateful. Mary Poppins is so wise.
Oven Roasted Brown Sugar Fairy Cabbages (Brussels Sprouts)
1 pound Brussels Sprouts - trimmed and halved
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375°. In a medium mixing bowl combine, butter sugar and salt. Add sprouts and toss to combine. Spread evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet. Top with freshly ground pepper. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until just starting to brown.
Enjoy your Fairy Cabbages!